Specialist Criminal & Regulatory Barristers

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Health & Safety

Red Lion Chambers is widely recognised for its expertise and knowledge in all areas of health and safety law.

Our members are engaged in prosecuting for authorities (including the HSE, ORR, the Environment Agency) as well as defending those at risk of prosecution and providing expert legal advice. Members also advise and represent private corporations, government bodies, individuals and charities in court prosecutions and enforcement proceedings.

Chambers’ health and safety barristers regularly appear at inquests and tribunals in the Magistrates' Courts, Crown Courts and Appeal Courts. We routinely act on behalf of major companies, directors, partnerships, the self-employed, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), and local authorities and often include appeals against improvement and prohibition notices.

Chambers will vigorously defend and prosecute in all matters of health and safety law, from breaches of health and safety regulations to fatal incidents prosecuted under sections 2, 3, 33 and 37 of the Health and Safety at Work etc. Act 1974.

Members also provide guidance and support in relation to all Health and Safety offences, such as the breach of the Construction (Design Management) Regulations 2007.

Notable Cases

  • Fire injury following landlord’s breach of H&S regulations (Simon Spence QC)
  • Prosecution arising out of a fatal accident caused by failings of a Rapid Water canoeing instructor as regards his clients/charges; Defence of a serving police officer concerning alleged breaches of his duty and misconduct. (Robert Woodcock QC)
  • Prosecutions of deaths and serious injuries at work for HSE and ORR including - an electrician who was electrocuted on a building site and killed; an electrician who died 2 years after falling from height; a pig farmer electrocuted on a tractor; a crane driver who was seriously injured at the Port of Tilbury; a pile testing engineer who was killed from carbon monoxide poisoning in his work caravan; a cleaner who was electrocuted and killed while cleaning a train [trial pending]; a builder who fell from height onto a sports car workshop welding table and seriously injured [trial pending]  (Sara Lawson QC).
  • Defence counsel in tragic manslaughter cold case review involving the death of a staff member who was found crushed to death in a cement mixer http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-29601945(Gillian Jones QC)
  • HSE joint prosecution with Environment Agency following Bacton gas plan explosion; permanent disability following a crush at work from a concrete slab; Harrison Ford injury case (Andrew Marshall)
  • Defending and prosecuting cases that include trials arising from death, major injuries or H&S breaches in a range of work places, such as heavy industry, maritime, retail and domestic (Sailesh Mehta)
  • Prosecution of Balfour Beatty Rail Infrastructure Services relating to Hatfield (Richard Beynon)
  • Joint breach/manslaughter prosecution (the death arising from explosive gases/use of an explosimeter (Christopher Paxton)
  • Old Bailey trial arising from multiple fatalities following the collapse of a scaffold on a large construction site; prosecuted section 2 and 3 Health & Safety at Work Act charges against a company and its directors following a fatal accident during a motorsport event when the deceased was killed by way of ligature strangulation when clothing became caught in the moving parts of the vehicle; Current prosecution of a contractor for alleged breaches of duty concerning handling of asbestos; Prosecution of a large secondary school for prolonged exposure of staff to asbestos involving complex expert evidence concerning risk; Prosecution of a company following a fatality of a young women at a racetrack raised difficult issues concerning racetrack management and training of staff (Tom Forster).
  • Defended in a serious fatality at work case; acted in an advisory capacity and defended in a Consumer (Protection from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008 case (Michael Goodwin).  
  • Instructed as a junior on behalf of the Health and Safety Executive to prosecute a multi-national corporation charged with breaching its duty to non-employees. http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-essex-34424017 (Jane Oldfield)
  • Death of an elderly patient in a care home setting; Collapse of hoarding around a building site injuring members of the public; injury to employee caused by a vertical milling machine. (Trevor Archer).
  • Prosecutions under the Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and breaches of various regulations including working at height regulations and gas regulations; Including prosecutions of a multi-million pound company trading in agricultural machinery whose failings led to serious injury; a company, which included an investigation and analysis of a complex corporate ownership structure; a subsidiary of General Motors involving serious injury (Klentiana Mahmutaj).
  • Disclosure counsel in ORR case against a railway company and a cleaning company (case led by Sara Lawson QC) concerning a death from electrocution at work; Represented one of two defendants charged with numerous offences under the Consumer (Protection from Unfair Trading) Regulations 2008 (falsely claiming or creating the impression that trader was not acting for purposes relating to his trade, business, craft or profession); Represented claimant resisting application to set aside default judgement against defendants following guilty pleas to offences under the Food Hygiene Regulations (Patricia Londono).
  • Acting for a company and a director of a company as an individual being prosecuted for a number of serious environmental health offences. (Genevieve Reed)

For More Information or To Instruct Us

Identifying the right barrister and ensuring their early involvement is essential to maximising the prospects of a positive outcome. With our expert understanding of the criminal justice system, we guide our clients through the legal process.

Our barristers regularly undertake privately funded, direct access and legal aid, work.

To discuss your options in more detail and for more information regarding our transparent fees’ structure, please contact our clerking team, led by Chambers Director, Mark Bennett.

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